The corresponding figures for last year show that 481 were killed and the number seriously injured was 1,469. With regard to accidents from falls of ground at the coal face, the figure for last year was 243 and this year it is 185. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in deaths from explosions as compared with last year.
I understand that, generally, local authorities have not excessive stocks. There have been one or two cases of difficulty, and those, so far as I know, have been dealt with. If the hon. Member will be good enough to let me know of any cases still outstanding, I will at once see that the matter is attended to.